Biblical lie: Goliath was not a giant, his height did not exceed four cubits

Biblical Legends Lie About Goliath's Giant Growth

The characteristics such as big and strong were given to the external data of the biblical warrior Goliath. According to the legend, that giant lost in battle to another giant, the future king David, whose height was once calculated by scholars. According to past data, he could be four cubits and five, it means 2.38 meters. However, more detailed modern studies proved the erroneousness of previous calculations and new data, according to them one can draw conclusions: Goliath was not a giant.

But he seemed so against the background of the walls in the paintings where he was most often depicted. The width of the walls of the Goliath's hometown was used to represent the growth of a giant. The earliest Bible records tell of Goliath the warrior who lost the battle with the future King David.


David's height in ancient used terms was four cubits and a span. But you shouldn't take such dimensions literally, as modern scientists say. Archaeologist Jeffrey Chadwick of Brigham Young University says that a settlement called Ghat was believed to be the hometown of Galliaf. The archaeologists here make finds and take measurements that show that four cubits and a span are the width of the walls that form the gate to the Ghat.

They were discovered only last year. After making some calculations, Chadwick stated that Goliath's growth was no larger than that of today's NBA players. The Ghat was inhabited in the early Bronze Age, approximately 4,500 thousand years ago.

A thousand years later, it was rebuilt by the Israelites. The city reached its peak about 3000 years ago, when the battle of David and Goliath took place. But the scholars continue to argue whether these biblical characters were real or fictional. After the gates of the city were discovered, the scientists had to admit that David and Goliath are most likely not fiction.


In many images, David, like Goliath, is depicted flush with the walls of Gat. Their width was used by the person who wrote the Old Testament to describe the growth of Goliath. The Biblical documents say that Goliath was a giant, his height reached four cubits and an inch. In ancient Egypt, the elbow was 52.5 centimeters.

But a closer assessment of the structures discovered by the archaeologists suggests that the standard measures were different in different territories. And the buildings of Ghat had other basic dimensions. The elbow was 38-45 centimeters, and the span could be about 22-30 centimeters.